Man who fired shots at officers killed by police

Posted at: 01/07/2014 2:27 PM
Updated at: 01/08/2014 11:03 AM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

MORIARITY, N.M. -- New Mexico State Police have not yet released the identity of a man who was shot and killed by an officer during a standoff in Moriarty on Tuesday afternoon.

The incident started around noon when police responded to reports of a barricaded man firing a gun on Lexco Road. Officers found the man pacing back and forth on his porch while holding a rifle.

The man was in contact with the Torrance County Sheriff's Office on the phone, but negotiations stalled and that's when police said the man opened fire.

Authorities set up a wide perimeter, blocking off the area, and told residents to stay inside. Neighbors were told it was a precautionary measure.

Mountainview Elementary School, which is located nearby, was also placed on lockdown while the situation played out.

Five hours later, state police officials said one of their officers fired at least one shot, killing the man.

Investigators have not yet determined the man's motive for firing the rifle.